An absorbing documentary on The Funk Brothers, the band who put the backbeat into the countless hits of Motown Records. Standing In The Shadows Of Motown is the story of these remarkable musicians whose talents had gone unrecognised for over 30 years. Exhilarating, funny and moving - their story is one of triumph and tragedy, hits and heartbreak.

1 Jan 2009 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 18 May 2015 - 12:41 PM

Motown, the record label founded in 1958 which spawned some of the great music of the sixties and seventies and which created the sound for such names as the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder was founded on the backbeat talents of a group of musicians known as the Funk Brothers.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown acknowledges their contribution to the sound of Motown and recalls the people and the times of the company's heyday. The Funk brothers - the ones that are left - regroup to talk about old times, revisit old haunts and to play music again with some incredible contemporary vocalists.

This is fascinating stuff, delving behind the hits that are familiar to so many of us from so long ago now. There are some great stories, there's some terrific music, and there's a great acknowledgement of the contribution made by these background musicians when the fame and fortune went to others. There's no bitterness, there's only joy in the memories and in the music.